FNE at Sarajevo FF 2017: Main Competition Lineup Announced

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SARAJEVO: Three world premieres and three debut features are among the seven titles selected for the main competition of the new edition of Sarajevo Film Festival, set to take place from 11 to 18 August 2017. 

The main programme also includes two feature films out of the competition - the awaited animated film Birds Like Us / Ptice kao mi, directed by Faruk Šabanović and Amela Ćuhara which participated in the CineLink Work in Progress section of Sarajevo FF in 2015 and Men Don’t Cry / Muškarcine plaču, directed by Alen Drljević.

Feature Film Competition Programme:

1500384383586 0570x0400 1500384414610Daybreak / Dita zë fill (Albania, Greece), World premiere, debut feature
Directed by Gentian Koçi

Grain (Turkey, Germany, France, Sweden, Qatar), World premiere
Directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu

Meda or The Not So Bright Side of Things / Meda sau partea nu prea fericită a lucrurilor (Romania), World premiere, debut feature
Directed by Emanuel Pârvu
Produced by FAMart Productions
Coproduced by DaKINO Productions, Ceramus Film

DIRECTIONS STEPHAN KOMANDAREV EXTRACT2 VOSTENDirections / Posoki (Bulgaria, Germany, Macedonia), Regional premiere
Directed by Stephan Komandarev
Produced by Argo Film
Coproduced by Aktis Film Production, Sector Film
Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Bulgarian National Television, the German Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), the Macedonian Film Agency and Eurimages

Hostages / Mdzevlebi (Russia, Georgia, Poland), Regional premiere
Directed by Rezo Gigineishvili
Produced by INK TV and NEBO Film Company
Coproduced by 20 Steps Productions, Extreme Emotions

Scary Mother / Sashishi deda (Georgia), Regional premiere, debut feature
Director: Ana Urushadze
Produced by Studio Artizm
Coproduced by Gemini
Supported by the Georgian National Film Center

1493395714073 0960x0285 1493414954820Son of Sofia / O gios tis Sofias (Greece, France, Bulgaria), Regional premiere
Directed by Elina Psykou
Produced by Heretic
Coproduced by KinoElektron (France), Chouchkov Brothers
Supported by Eurimages, the Greek Film Centre, Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée, the Bulgarian National Film Center, Creative Europe, ERT, Berlinale Residency

Out of Competition – Gala Screenings:

Birds Like Us / Ptice kao mi (Bosnia and Herzegovina, UK, Turkey, USA), Debut feature
Directed by Faruk Šabanović, Amela Ćuhara
Produced by Prime Time
Coproduced by Fork Film, Autonomous
Supported by the Turkish Television (TRT), Telecom Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Bosnian Film Fund

Men Don’t Cry / Muškarcine plaču (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany), Debut feature
Directed by Alen Drljević
Produced by Deblokada Sarajevo
Coproduced by Iridium Film, This and That, Menderley Films, Produkcija Živa and Cineplanet
Supported by Foundation of Cinematography Sarajevo, the Slovenian Film Centre, ZDF/Arte TV, MEDIA, Ministry of Culture and Sport of Kanton Sarajevo, CineLink Market